Archives for: February 2010

2010-02-27

Spotted cuckoo caught on camera

Permalink 01:33:38 pm, Categories: Reported Observations  

Abdulla was in Ali farm this morning early and saw the spotted cuckoo again. He rushed home for his camera and got the stock photo. I went down later but couldn't track it down. So far I've seen it for 5 seconds and Adbulla has watched it for almost an hour over two occasions. The bird has been seen for a week today. Lets hope it stays a little longer.


Great Spotted Cuckoo

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2010-02-26

Starting to pick up

Permalink 15:35:37, Categories: Observation by Howard  

dirty and dusty this morning but the number of new species around has improved dramatically - this morning I went south into the drier desert spaces that make up much of the island - not that there is much of it left this being silly season - camping time.


Rock Thrush one of seven possibly eight seen today
Rock Thrush

Rock Thrush

Desert Lark - one of a pair carrying off food?
Desert Lark

Desert Lark

Pied Wheatear - two of the dozen or so seen today
Pied Wheatear

Pied Wheatear

Red-tailed or Kurdish Wheatear
Red-tailed or Kurdish Wheatear

Blue Rock Thrush one of three seen
Blue Rock Thrush

The bringer of spring a Hoopoe
Hoopoe

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2010-02-20

still quiet - waiting for the return

Permalink 15:19:38, Categories: Observation by Howard  

Only had time for a quick visit to Maharraq and Buri and not a lot around but the big return can not be far away...


Wintering regulars
Chiffchaff
Chiffchaff
Song Thrush
Song Thrush
Stonechat
Stonechat
Mynah
Mynah
Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret
Isabelline Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
From Busaiteen
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Greenshank and Grey Plover
Greenshank and Grey Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Greater and Lesser Sand Plover
Greater and Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Great Cormorants
Great Cormorants

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2010-02-13

Nice foggy start to the day at Hamalah

Permalink 17:01:20, Categories: Admin - Howard King  

heavy fog made the morning start much later than normal - no sign of the Eagle Brendan had seen on Thursday or the Gallinule in fact quite quite both weather-wise and with the birds.

Corn Bunting
Corn Bunting

Yellow-crowned Bishop
Yellow-crowned Bishop

Graceful Warbler
graceful warbler

Stonechat - an interesting looking bird
Stonechat

Stonechat

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt

Greenshank
Greenshank

Isabelline Shrike
Isabelline Shrike

Another individual
Isabelline Shrike

Mynah
Mynah

Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Yet another Bluethroat
Bluethroat

Palm Dove
Palm Dove

Indian Silverbill
Indian Silverbill

Skylark
Skylark

Tawny Pipit
Tawny Pipit

Water Pipit
Water Pipit

Swallow in silhouette
Swallow

Gargany
Gargany

Just as I took the shot the Moorhen zapped through the picture
Gargany

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2010-02-05

A good morning

Permalink 16:16:15, Categories: Observation by Howard  

I spent this morning checking the ditches around Adhari again before moving out to the reclaimed land at the top end of Tubli Bay

Adhari was good but I missed the Kingfishers yet again but at least I did get my camera leveled onto one bird.

But best of the day were the Little Bitterns I found two pairs here are images of one from each.


Little Bittern - Female
Little Bittern
male
Little Bittern

Western Reef Heron - having a bad hair day
Western Reef Heron - having a bad hair day

Western Reef Heron

Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron

Purple Heron - still around
Purple Heron

Grey Heron and Little Egret
Grey heron and Little Egret

Moorhen
Moorhen

Flamingo
Flamingo

Flamingo

Great Black-headed Gull - 5 seen at the sewage outfall
Great Black-headed Gull

Great Black-headed Gull

At the tidal roost area on the reclaimed land
Pacific Golden Plover - one of 25 plus
Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover

Broad-billed Sandpiper - a good number were mixed in with the other waders
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Waders - Turnstone, Broad-billed and Curlew Sandpiper, Lesser Sand Plover and Dunlin
Waders

a Ringed Plover with Dunlin and Stints
Waders

Dunlin and Curlew Sandpipers
Waders

mixed waders

Dunlin

A Greater Sand Plover strolls past the flocks of roosting waders
Greater Sand plover

Lesser Sand Plover with a single Broad-billed Sandpiper
Lesser Sand Plover

Oyster Catcher - 14 seen
Oyster Catcher

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